Tuesday, January 26, 2010

South Seafood Restaurant @ Subang

Back in the days when the old Subang Airport was still in business and the restaurants surrounding it was booming like tomorrow, you would often find us as a family venturing to that area to look for good food.

The typical scenario would see us getting ready at 5pm to make the journey there so that we would be early enough to avoid the crowd. Never did occur to us that we could use the phone to call for a reservation. Then again, those were the days when bedtime was at 8pm.

Fast forward many years later, the Subang Airport was laid to rest in peace and "bought back from the dead", as you will find out, one or two restaurants are still doing very well.

One of them is the South Seafood Restaurant.

The name doesnt ring a bell? Remember the big signboard of an aging Hong Kong TVB drama star holding an enormous lobster? Well thats the ad for the restaurant. Along the way there, you can also refer to the ads for directions and to ensure you wont get lost.

When i first stepped in, i vaguely remembered coming here although i cant be for sure. That thought too was quickly put into my pockets when my eyes zoomed in at their seafood tanks.

Their range and quantity of seafood are impressive. Australian lobsters, Exotic fishes, prawns, crabs, abalones and lots more. Next imagine them in huge quantities i.e. fifty fishes in a huge tank or thirty red big australian lobsters staring at you. It is almost like an aquarium for a kid.

Enough about the aquarium and lets go to the food.

Clams in Superior stock (these are not your typical lala but are called "sha bak"), not as juicy as i thought it would be from my previous experience with these clams but the stock was well flavoured with chinese wine.

The Pak Cheok Prawns were good. Fresh prawns cooked in a very simple manner. They are meant to blanched and this was served with a broth similar to the clams.

Apparently their grilled bbq squid is their speciality. Tasted ordinary and more suited as a snack for beer.

A while ago, if i said the dish above was kai lan, you must be thinking what kind of funky chef created such a dish? Now, it is as common as any other vegetable dish where they fry some kai lan leaves till there almost look dehydrated and stir fry the stalks.

The Sea Garoupa was awesome to have. The price difference between the wild and the farmed one is RM3/100gm but whatever it was, i think the extra was worth it as the meat was firm and fresh. However at RM12/100gm, i am not sure if this is my everyday dinner dish.

I suppose we had to have crabs. The Kam Heong and the Wet Lai Yao crabs. My Hong Kong friend commented that the styles are rather different than Hong Kong. He even commented that the Lai Yao can even compete with some of the better crab dishes he had in Hong Kong. Phew, so much for my recommendation.

Overall meal cost around RM370.

Overall, the food at South Seafood is quite decent and with a wide range of seafood it tries to cater for the ordinary family meal or for celebrations. The prices maybe slightly more expensive than other places that i have been but it is really up to you if you want to pay the tiny bit extra, especially it brings back memories of when we used to get ready and leave the house at 5pm for dinner.

Address and contact details:

No 229, Jalan 2A,
Kampung Baru Subang,
40000 Subang, Selangor

GPS: 3.140688,101.54691
Tel: 03-7846 1401

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Had two great experiences here but it does require a deeper wallet to enjoy some of the more exotic seafood.


thule a.k.a leo said...

I think that I'll stick to Lala Chong which has moved to Kayu Ara PJ :P

Tummy Rumble said...

all garoupa come from the farm... think about how are they gonna catch a wild fish and then keep it alive in the boat, then bring it on land, transport it to the restaurant?? not possible.. normally fishermen use pukat tunda to catch the fish, all of them will be dead by the time they are brought up to the boat.. :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

looks good wor.. now a day the prices are not cheap man.. what to do.. times, they are a changing;)

qwazymonkey said...

Looks damn good i'd say. Time to revisit some old "friends" i'll say. but then agian, I can't tell if I've been here before.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qm: haha u nvr knw u nvr knw

c&c: yeap everything is changing.

tummyrumble: good example, i take things at good faith if they say they caught it wild, i can only ponder

leo: havent been back to lala chong in a very long while, must go back

Life for Beginners said...

I wonder who the aging HK drama actor is... :P

Not been much to old Subang Airport area... Now is a time to revisit, yes? :D

Life for Beginners said...

I wonder who the aging HK drama actor is... :P

Not been much to old Subang Airport area... Now is a time to revisit, yes? :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: actress..go dwn federal highway, i am not too sure if the board is still there =)

Kwong said...

Damn nice pics of the food bro! Haha makes me damn hungry now and it's only 7am! LoL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kwong: haha no la, the pics r ok only..

Boon Chuan said...

Lala Cheong is still the best for sea food and their price is cheap. Can't count how many times have I been there. Great tuna pucuk paku, sam pui chicken, butter prawn & abalone slice tauhu.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boon chuan: need to revisit, its been a long while